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Opposition claims proof of election fraud in Zimbabwe

[JURIST] Morgan Tsvangirai [party profile], president of the Zimbabwean opposition party Movement for Democratic Change [official website], announced Wednesday that the MDC had proof of "serious and unaccountable gaps" between the totals of reported votes and tallied votes in one quarter of the 120 open seats at stake in last week's Zimbabwe parliamentary elections. MDC officials said that several precincts were missing thousands of votes, while others had several thousand more votes than registered voters. The MDC submitted the evidence to independent observers from South Africa and to observers from the South African Development Community [official website], both of which have already declared their opinion that the elections were free and fair. Zimbabwe has faced intense international pressure about its voting process; both the EU and the US called the elections flawed even before voting began, and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday questioned their fairness [JURIST report] after the fact. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive]. Zim Online has local coverage.

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